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"Disconnect", a new drama with a talented cast, looks at three separate stories surrounding the victims of cyberspace including identity theft and online bullying. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following movie review.

The pitfalls of letting technology dominate our everyday lives comes into sharp focus in a new drama called "Disconnect".

There are three separate stories going on, and ultimately, they all interconnect in some ways, both big and small. This technique is reminiscent of the movie "Crash".

Hope Davis and Jason Bateman are a married couple who have two kids. Their teenage son is a sensitive loner who composes music and becomes the victim of two cyber bullies from his school. They pose as an attractive girl on Facebook and set him a for an embarrassing fall.

Alexander Saarsgard and Paula Patton play a couple who've recently lost a child. Consumed with unbearable grief, Patton finds comfort in an online support group and, in the process, unwittingly becomes the victim of identity theft.

Andrea Riseborough plays a TV reporter who's doing a story about the exploitation of minors on live interactive porn sites. She makes contact with a teen for hire, tries to convince him to come on camera for an expose, but eventually winds up getting a little too close to her subject.

All the performances are extraordinary. Bateman, playing it straight here, is outstanding as a father who's so disconnected from his family that his cellphone constantly interrupts family dinners. Saarsgard is great as an ex-marine who decides to take matters into his own hands. Riseborough also turns in a credible and engaging performance.

Director Henry Alex Rubin, along with screenwriter Andrew Stern, have crafted a haunting, stirring and intelligent movie that leaves a lot of food for thought. It incisively looks at the dire consequences of basic human nature in the computer age.

There are victims here, but even the attackers have made to be sympathetic in some regard. A lot of interesting questions are raised, but there are no easy answers.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 3 1/2 apples

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